Summit has been developing a Highlander reboot for years now but there were a few bumps in the road. Last year, the studio hired visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to make Highlander his feature directorial debut. Now Summit has set their sights on their dream casting centerpiece: Tom Cruise. The Wrap reports the studio is courting Cruise to play the mentor role that Sean Connery took on in the 1986 film. Cruise is busy shooting crazy stunts for Mission: Impossible 5, so it’s unclear if the in-demand actor is interested. A Cruise representative is direct that the actor is “far from talks” for Highlander: “He is offered tons of projects.” At the very least, this suggests Summit has higher aspirations for the property than I would have guessed. If they do land Cruise, I picture the rest of the casting falling into place sooner than later so Summit can rachet up the development process.
Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Melissa Rosenberg contributed to the Highlander script. Neal H. Moritz, Peter Davis, and Justin Lin will produce. More after the jump.